’This Great Firebrand’: William Laud and Scotland, 1617-1645
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19th May 2017

216 Pages

15.60 x 23.40 cm

1 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Modern British Religious History

Imprint: Boydell Press

'This Great Firebrand': William Laud and Scotland, 1617-1645

by Leonie James

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Presents Scotland as a case study for a fresh interpretation of Archbishop William Laud, his career and his working partnership with Charles I.
William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury (1633-45), remains one of the most controversial figures in British ecclesiastical and political history. His rise to prominence under Charles I, his contribution to the shaping and implementation of contentious religious policies and his subsequent and catastrophic downfall are fundamental to our understanding of the religious and political developments which led to the collapse of royal authority in all three of theStuart kingdoms. Events in Scotland were central to this chain of events, and this book presents Scotland as a case study for a fresh interpretation of Laud, his career and his working partnership with Charles I. Casting new andmuch-needed light on Laud's engagement in Scottish affairs, this book reveals that his agency in Scotland was broadly consistent with - although differing in detail from - his approach in England and Ireland. It represents a majorcontribution to key debates on the nature of religion and politics in the 1630s and early 1640s and enhances current thinking on the role of both prince and prelate in the formulation of ecclesiastical policy, the 'British problem', and, indeed, the causes of the British Civil Wars.

LEONIE JAMES is Lecturer in History at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Introduction
The Archbishops of Canterbury, the Scottish church and the English crown c. 1583-1633
Laud, the bishops and royal policy in Scotland, 1633-37
New canons and prayer book for Scotland
Laud, the Scottish Crisis and the First Bishops' War, 1637-39
The Scottish dimension to Laud's impeachment, trial and execution, 1640-45
Conclusion
Bibliography
"James does very well to direct our attention to Scotland. When it came to religious debates and their political effects, the border between England and Scotland was porous indeed." ANGLICAN AND EPISCOPAL HISTORY

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Title Details

19th May 2017

216 Pages

1.56 x 2.34 cm

1 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Modern British Religious History

Imprint: Boydell Press